The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) has consistently messaged that in-person education should occur as soon as reasonably possible, especially among our youngest learners.
During the past year, superintendents have expressed the need for more consistent state planning and criteria for remote, hybrid, and full in-person learning for all schools. Increasingly, we see schools and districts adding more in-person education successfully. With improved testing capability, vaccines, low transmission rates and effective mitigation practices, we see students coming back to school in larger numbers.
We can all agree that bringing students back into classrooms, especially for our younger and most vulnerable children is a top priority. We look forward to working with the Commissioner as he plans for more in-person learning.